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9/07/2017

Dazzling & Delightful: Crazy For You at Wales Millennium Centre.


Who doesn't love a good musical? When I was invited along to see Crazy For You at Wales Millennium Theatre I was intrigued and excited to attend. Originally named Girl Crazy in 1930, Crazy For You is full of fun, laughter, music, dancing and love…

 
Crazy For You follows the story of Bobby Child, who is sent to Deadrock, Nevada to shut down an old theatre on behalf of his mother. Whilst there he falls in love with Polly, the daughter of the theatre owner, but upon discovering who Bobby is Polly rejects him. With disguise, slapstick and bundle of romance, Bobby has to work out how to win the heart of the girl he's in love with.

I hadn't read up on the show prior to attending, it's a bit more intriguing and exciting this way I think. So, my theatre buddy and I found our seats and the stage was set, it was time for the show. The stage lit up and the voices rang out and the first thing I noticed was the pop of colour from the Follie Girls; their costumes were stunning and I immediately knew the show would be rich with textures, colours, glitz and glam.

Tom Chambers plays Bobby Child, a man desperate to perform on stage but rejected at every turn. I though Chambers was fantastic from start to end, he had this sense of cute charm upon the stage, and his slapstick moments were spot on. His performance totally engaged the audience, and it was great listening to people laugh at the various funny moments, from the slapstick to the witty dialogue. I thought he was fantastic as Bobby, and later as Bela Zangler; Chambers is one talented guy, from comedy to tap-dancing, he held my attention throughout. 

Caroline Flack completely surprised me in her role of Irene, she was powerful and her sass was outstanding. I loved Irene's storyline, and for me it was classic of old movies/musicals. Lank Hawkins (Christopher Fry) and their chemistry was fantastic, they certainly had my attention (and my laughter) as they performed on stage.

Polly was played by Charlotte Wakefield, and she was probably my favourite performer of the night. I wasn't sure what to expect as she strutted on stage in her suede fringe skirt, but for me there was definitely a hint of Doris Day in Calamity Jane. Wakefield presented Polly as a strong, no-nonsense cowgirl and I loved it! As for her voice, well I couldn't get enough of it. She hit every note and her performances were heartfelt and breathtaking. After looking at her past stage work it's obvious she has a talent for musical theatre, and I really cannot wait to see her perform again!

I knew most of the songs from the show, that's what happens when you have a musical mad family, so it was lovely to hear them performed live. It was only this morning I realised the connection with Judy Garland and Crazy Girl, and I know my mother will roll her eyes when I tell her I've only just pieced this together. Forgive me, I was born in the 80's and I try my best… Still, it reminded me of when I first discovered Mickey Rooney, and there's nothing wrong with such a reminder! 

Chambers certainly hints at the cute, quirky and somewhat silly nature of Rooney. The set was used to its fullest with each act, from the slapstick to the dancing, every inch of the stage was utilised. I absolutely adored the choreography, it made me feel as though I was watching the real Follies perform! I thought the chorus moved effortlessly across the stage, and it felt very in-keeping for the time, which is something I'm quite passionate about.

My only negative would be the sense of emptiness sometimes, as though there needed to be a little more dialogue or action. Sometimes I felt myself drifting at the end of the musical elements of the show, because they were instrumental or a little long, but this is a case of preference and taste and I prefer a bit more of a fast-paced story and a bit more dialogue. For example, the happy ending is very brief, not much is said, and unfortunately I don't feel this works as well on stage as it does via the medium of film.

Nonetheless, I had a lovely evening out, Crazy For You not only reminded me of the love I feel for Warren, it also reminded me that you should never give up on your dreams, because they're just around the corner.


Crazy For You is running until 9th September 23017 at Wales Millennium Centre and tickets start at £17.50.

Disclosure: I received tickets in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.
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